All records are meant to be broken.
But the way Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Dolphins legend Dan Marino’s single-single passing yardage record was nothing short of phenonemal.
Brees surpassed Marino’s 27-year-old record with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with less than 3 minutes in New Orleans’ 45-16 thumping of Atlanta on Monday night.
The 2009 Super Bowl champion has now thrown for 5,087 yards this season with one more game to spare.
Marino set the previous passing record in 1984 with 5,084 yards.
The current CBS NFL analyst made some controversial comments prior to Brees’ history-making night saying quarterbacks who enter the league now have an advantage and are more prepared because of how sophisticated the high school and college games have become.
On Monday, however, Marino congratulated Brees via his twitter page writing, “Congrats to @drewbrees. Great job by such a special player.”
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton paid homage to Marino in the Saints locker room following the game.
Payton discussed how Marino led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl game and also mentioned how much he was able to accomplish.
While Brees is deservedly receving praise for what he’s achieved, Dolphins’ fans are probably not too happy about it all.
The Dolphins had the opportunity to sign Brees in 2006 but instead decided to give up a second-round pick for Daunte Culpepper.
Culpepper didn’t pan out in Miami while Brees has gone on to win a championship for the Saints and has become the solid franchise quarterback Dolphins’ fans have yearned for since Marino retired.